Varsity girls golf takes on week-long tour

Riley Williamson, Staff Writer

Girls Varsity Golf has been non-stop their whole season. They have missed a tremendous amount of school. This past week was especially hectic for the team, with three different meets in just one week alone.

“Because of golf, I’m behind in all my classes,” junior Kamryn Bussmann said.

Two of their meets are back to back, Wednesday and then Thursday. But it started Monday, Sept. 24, in Junction City at Rolling Meadows Golf Course. This was the girls’ league meet and the team didn’t disappoint. The team tied for first against Washburn Rural, but ended up taking second place, for the fifth players’ score is the tiebreaker. Andi Siebert, a sophomore, played against Hayden Catholic High’s top scorer in a playoff round on one hole for first place. Siebert shot a 79 at League and finished second.

Continuing on with their golf tour, they played again that following Wednesday for the Lawrence High Invite at Eagle Bend Golf Course. The team had an early morning leaving the school at 6:15 a.m.

“…To be honest it was the longest golf game (ever). It was six hours. We teed off at like 8:45 a.m. and didn’t get done until like six,” Bussmann said.

Manhattan placed eighth, scoring 353 in the invitational out of 23 teams. Senior Elise Jackson was the only player to place in the top 20, scoring 83 and coming in 19th. The winning team was St. Thomas Aquinas with a team score of 311.

The very next day the team was traveling again to the Hutchinson High tournament, playing at Carey Park Golf Course.

“…playing two days in a row was really tiring,” Bussmann said. “…once again like we were up early…”.

But the team stepped up for their 1 p.m. tee time. Out of 17 teams, the girls took third place. Two players placed, Jackson shot a career-best, 77, and came in fifth. Siebert shot a 85 and came in 11th. There was a total of 108 golfers at the tournament.

The rest of the Varsity team finished with Rhys Phipps and AJ Ryan, sophomores, who both shot a 97, Camryn McAtee, senior, who shot a 98 and Bussmann that shot a 101.

Hayden won the tournament with a team score of 343.

Girls Varsity golf played again yesterday at their only home tournament at the Manhattan Country Club. Then the team has a week off before regionals Oct. 8.